AIFF’s 2017 Opening Night Gala & Feature


  • A Thousand Junkies

    As Los Angeles wakes up and goes to work, so do TJ, BLAKE and TOMMY, three junkies whose workday consists of driving around L. A. in a battered Volvo station wagon, figuring out how to get their drugs for the day. As plans A, B, C, D and E fall through, the trio starts to come apart at the seams. When Blake brings up the idea of violently robbing a drug dealer friend of Tommy’s, we find out who these three really are and what they are willing to do to get what they need. A “drug” movie with no drugs, and a “road” movie that goes nowhere, A Thousand Junkies is a dark, visceral comedy about the 9 to 5 job of being a junkie, and the strange bonds that are formed between addicts. (74 mins.)

AIFF’s 2017 Feature Film Selections


  • Searching for Fortune

    Stretching from the Rocky Mountains to the Denver city skyline, this is the Colorado story of a roughneck forced to reexamine his life after learning of the death of the older brother he never knew he had. After confronting his father, the revelation sets him on a path of self-discovery with help from his brother’s widow. (88 mins.)

  • Saawan

    A handicapped 9-year old boy who lives in a valley in the mountains of Balochistan is rejected by his father, intimidated by society, harassed by friends and left alone due to his disability. Strengthened by memories and dreams of the love of his mother, he begins a perilous journey back to his family in the main city. (137 mins.)

  • 10/10ths

    “10/10ths” is a true story of dreams, struggles, and unwavering perseverance in grassroots motorsports. Follow the journey of a team of everyday individuals, as they build their first BMW M3 racecar from the ground up in only 5 weeks to compete in the United States Touring Car Championship racing series. This inspiring motorsport documentary is a quest for wins but brings unique life lessons… some harder than others. These life-lessons take you and the race team on a journey unlike any other, with unexpected twists and turns from the initial racecar build, to the racing circuit, Bimmerfest, Monterey Festorics, autocrossing, to the final 2-hour endurance race. This documentary is a collaborative endeavor between Executive Producer Marco Solorio, race team owner Joe Gaffey, and Producer/Publicist Suzette Mariel. “10/10ths” is single handedly crafted by filmmaker, director, cinematographer, editor, colorist, and music composer, Marco Solorio. (113 mins.)

AIFF’s 2017 Short Film Programs


Shorts • Snap! Judgment

You’re either all in or all out. Six films that will force you to decide if the price of life is negotiable. (72 mins. total)
  • Sparta

    Trying to escape from a seemingly doomed region, an estranged family of three is beset with fear and conflict.

  • Rub Your Eyes Until You See Stars

    A sign of love and prospect makes a young woman fight her suffocating fears/thoughts.

  • Felon

    A desperate thief witnesses a tragedy inside the home he’s robbing and must choose whether he will reveal himself to save a life or escape unseen and live with regret.

  • Boy’s Night

    When three boys get together to celebrate a birthday and becoming men, their party is suddenly interrupted by a threatening vagrant.

  • Breakdown

    Desperate, Michel decides to rob the bar he goes to every day but nothing is going to happen as planned.

  • Monday

    “What can I get to you?” That’s the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money.


Shorts • Ctrl + Alt + Del + Consent

Ctrl + Alt + Del + Consent – Who do you follow? Is someone following you? Six films to unnerve you. Think Facebook. Think Instagram. Think 1984. Just… think. (69 mins. total)
  • iRony

    A film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.

  • Old Fashioned

    Meet Alicia: she’s known to be a progressive thinker, close to her family, and advancing in her PR career. Today she has an appointment she’s keeping a secret and we see her juggle responsibilities, as she anxiously tries to keep her private life away from her profession.

  • In Your Eyes

    She waits for him to kiss her. Remote, cold, inscrutable, is he still human ?

  • Oneself

    ONESELF is a Drama/SciFi Short Film about a painter, who lives in a near future world where dating your dopplegänger is the new trend.

  • Admana

    In a dystopian world, a woman tries to escape the monotony of her oppressive life just as a new hope begins to rise.

  • 2084

    A short vertical film about the power of advertisement and its impact on our lives.

  • Similar

    In a society close to our own, where the importance of nature is perceived differently, Chrome and the “Earth Brigade” attempt to maintain order inside the zone for which they are responsible.


Shorts • Reality Check

Reality Check – Eight films that have their sights set on heartstrings and funny bones, fully loaded with twisted farce and magical realism. (70 mins. total)
  • The Makeover

    A woman buys a trendy fashion item only to reconsider if it’s really “her”.

  • The Dinner Scene

    Every day, in thousands of cafes, thousands of writers sit down with just one mission – write something that doesn’t suck.

  • A Whole World for a Little World

    A woman tells a great story to her baby. In the manner of a tale with princes and princesses, she remains into his memories to pass on his daughter.

  • Here and Now

    A young psychic, despondent from a life void of surprise or mystery, rediscovers happiness when he loses his powers.

  • Candy-Gasms

    “Candy-Gasms” is a colorful comedy about the two sweetest things in life.

  • Progress

    In the not-so-distant future, Harold and Cameron find themselves returning to a typical argument over the merits of the latest personal technology – The Chip – the implications of which will seal their respective fates.

  • Swimming in the Desert

    In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce, in the California High Desert, a ten year old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.

  • Violet and June

    Violet & June is a short film about falling in love, the terror of being alive in a cold heartless universe, and butts.


Shorts • How Soon is Now?

Seven films, one objective: smash apart our notions of Desire, Destiny, Gender and Grief. (71 mins. total)
  • Unseen

    A young ballet dancer is struggling with her choices about her future as a dancer.

  • Decorosa

    Decorosa keeps a skeleton costume in her bedroom closet, between the nightgowns. That’s what love is about.

  • Early Mourning

    A successful photographer is living the life of her dreams, with the love of her life in New York City. Their idyllic happiness is shattered unexpectedly, and she struggles to accept the reality of her loss.

  • North and Nowhere

    A girl, a gun & a last chance.

  • Suicide

    In a desperate attempt to reject reality, a narcissistic suicide planning hobbyist pressures her concerned best friend to help commit a grand suicide.

  • Walls

    The lines of reality are blurred when a young woman receives a cryptic message from the other side of a mysterious wall.

  • Mum, I’m Back

    A  woman returns, after 40 years, to the village where she was born.


Shorts • Squared Away

Four films by and about Veterans. Go beyond the surface to find out what the women and men who serve are thinking. (52 mins. total)
  • Brother

    When an Army Criminal Investigator looks for the truth behind an alleged revenge killing in Iraq she gets more than she bargained and is left with the hardest decision of her life.

  • Long Way Home

    A young private is facing his enemies in the forest. He is far away from all good things. His only goal is to get back home.

  • Stripes Out

    After leaving the Marines in 2004 for a music career to raise awareness for PTSD and Veteran Suicide, a veteran is faced with unimaginable circumstances.

  • An Uber Tale

    Two strangers share an uber and although there’s clearly an attraction, neither can work up the nerve to speak so they ride on and on.


Shorts • Struggle and Strength

Five documentary films that shine a bright light on adversity, survival, hope, passion, and triumph. (92 mins. total)
  • Fingerprints

    Fingerprints is the story of two music programs for kids – one in Haiti and one in California – that come together, virtually, to record two songs. Along the way, the kids learn that, even though their lives are very different, their spirit, ambition, and love of life are strikingly similar…and music is a universal language that connects us all.

  • Inner Me

    A film about women, courage and deafness.

  • The Perfect Flight

    When young Shawn Hayes caught a wild falcon in a rough and tumble neighborhood east of LA, he had no idea it would lead him into a lifelong love affair with falconry — training and hunting with wild raptors.

  • Surviving International Boulevard

    This film reveals the complex reality of domestic child sex trafficking through the experiences of two women from Oakland, California.

  • The Tyranny of Distance

    An innovative nonprofit is racing to deliver lifesaving healthcare to the 1.2 million Liberians living in the country’s most remote communities.


Shorts • Students Counsel

Eight fresh takes on immigration, terrorism, ogres, and junkies from the next generation of filmmakers. This is cutting edge at its sharpest. (69 mins. total)
  • Breathless

    Breathless’ is the story of Larry, a middle aged Black man, whose trip to the bodega for coffee and cigarettes leads to his unwarranted death.

  • The Bus Trip

    Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip. She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, except the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine.. So instead, Sarah talks to her dead dad over a noisy phone line.

  • Doll

    A girl trapped in a house where an evil nesting doll captures souls.

  • Eye Love You

    A story about a boy who loves his mother.

  • Jihadi Street

    What if ISIS produced children’s television show to recruit kids?

  • My Mom Was a Junkie Too

    A drug dealer spends a night with the young son of one of his regular clients.

  • Over His Dead Body

    A dramedy about Carla, an aspiring singer estranged from her family, who hopes to find solace by attending her father’s funeral.

  • Sombras (Shadows)

    An examination of the effects of living undocumented in the United States on the lives of two immigrant parents.

AIFF’s Celebration of Classic Films


Classics • A Tribute to Sidney Poitier

50 years ago, in 1967, Sidney Poitier starred in these two Hollywood hits. Come celebrate an American legend of the silver screen. Free to the public at Alameda City Hall.
  • In the Heat of the Night

    An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)

  • To Sir With Love

    Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London’s East End. (105 mins.)


Classics • Hollywood Takes on Politics

AIFF acknowledges the tumultuous times we live in today by paying tribute to these three classics that examine the path to political power in America.
  • Bob Roberts

    A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him. (102 mins.)

  • A Face in the Crowd

    An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? (126 mins.)

  • Wag the Dog

    Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal. (97 mins.)

Classics • Classic Children’s Movies

Come join us for these kids classics and bring the whole family. Free to the public at Alameda City Hall.
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest

    The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus. (76 mins.)

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. (85 mins.)